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Second-winningest HS girls basketball coach accused of biting player

Leake (Madden, Miss.) Academy's Doyle Wolverton, the nation’s second-winningest girls basketball coach, allegedly bit one of his players during the Rebelettes’ win at Columbia Academy last week, an incident report filed with the Leake County Sheriff’s Department revealed.

“I have no comment on any of that,” Wolverton said Monday. “It’s all still being … I can’t say anything right now.”

Leake County Sheriff Greg Waggoner said Wolverton resigned Monday, though the Leake Academy coach said he couldn’t “confirm nor deny” that claim.

According to the complaint, which was filed by Toby Thaggard of Carthage, Wolverton allegedly grabbed Thaggard’s daughter, listed as the “victim” in the report, “by the shirt and then bit her on the right side of the face,” as if he was getting on to her for making a bad play.

“We’re not commenting on that today,” Leake Academy headmaster Jerry Crowe said Monday afternoon. “We’ll comment more on that (Tuesday).”

The report then states Thaggard took the victim, whose name was redacted in the complaint, to the emergency room, where deputies observed a “bruised bite mark on the lower right side of her face.

“We haven’t been involved with anything directly since (the hospital) because the parents and coach are trying to settle matters themselves,” Waggoner said.

Thaggard stated in the complaint he didn’t want to pursue charges when the report was filed on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Attempts to reach Thaggard Monday night were unsuccessful.

Despite the police report, Hattiesburg native Marty Stamper said he didn’t notice anything atypical when he attended the game.

“Usually if something goes on, you’ll have parents or somebody carrying on and hollering, Stamper said. “There was none of that, and I was sitting straight across from the Leake Academy bench.”

Wolverton currently ranks second  nationally in wins by a high school girls basketball coach (he trails Leta Andrews, who is still coaching  in Texas and has 1,375 career wins). He entered the season with 1,245 victories (against 181 losses) in his tenure at Leake Academy, which began in 1975.

Last season, he led the Rebelettes to the Academy AA championship game.

Chris Thomas also writes for the Clarion-Ledger.



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